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Viva Labs Extra Strength CLA, The BEST Metabolism Booster, 1250 mg, 180 Softgels
Viva Labs Extra Strength CLA, The BEST Metabolism Booster, 1250 mg, 180 Softgels
Offered by Viva Naturals
Price: $39.95
3 used & new from $8.33

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Product from Good Company, July 30, 2015
I've been favorably impressed by health products from Viva Labs, so I am pleased to have received a review sample of their Conjugated Linoleic Acid offering.

Linoleic acid is found in fats that are understood as healthy. It's linked to heart and circulatory health, and high metabolism. As quick Google search will summon up good information, ranging from Wikipedia to the Harvard Medical School to Dr. Mercola.

While I'm confident that this is a worthwhile supplement from a good producer, I'm unable to evaluate its performance in encouraging weight loss through high metabolism. Nonetheless, the other reasons for trying this product are more than sufficient to recommend it.


Rapid S060 Omnipress Stapler, Black/Red (5000591)
Rapid S060 Omnipress Stapler, Black/Red (5000591)
Price: $24.99
19 used & new from $24.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, Strong, Staples Well, July 27, 2015
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Staplers are a vital part of any workplace. We rely on them and their simple yet vital task so completely that it's easy to take them for granted.

This is a durable stapler. The manufacturer claims a 40% increase in power (not quite sure how that's calculated, but it's very effective). It readily handles thick and numerous sheets of paper. There's every reason to anticipate that it will hold up very well.

How does one decide which stapler to choose, from so many on offer?

This unit is high quality, and it's on the expensive side. So, too, the staples from Rapid are rather expensive. I have also tried Swingline staples and had good results. Rapid indicates that the five-year warranty would be voided if staples from other manufacturers are used, so there's that to consider (on the other hand, does one really rely on a five-year warranty for a stapler?).

In sum, this is a good product. It merits your consideration among your many options for this important office accessory.


Stanley Classic One Hand Vacuum Mug 16oz/473 mL - Hammertone Green
Stanley Classic One Hand Vacuum Mug 16oz/473 mL - Hammertone Green
Price: Click here to see our price
40 used & new from $19.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Grandparents Would Recognize the Look--And Marvel at the Improvements, July 25, 2015
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The marketing for this product is sticky: "You know that green steel bottle your grandpa took fishing? We made that thermos. Still do. Since 1913...."

The Stanley thermos combines timeless design elements with up-to-date reliability and durability. The outer shell is every bit as strong as that of a century ago (or half-century ago). It's not, like so many things, a pale shadow of itself, replacing the power of steel with the obvious obsolescence of lesser materials.

At the same time, this thermos incorporates up-to-date improvements. The outer coating of the shell is tough. The unit is BPA-free, in keeping with widespread consumer concerns. The lid is tight, disassembles readily, and is dishwasher-ready.

This product meets one of the top challenges of many thermos options: it's easy to handle with one hand, and not prone to spillage as one drinks from.

And, most importantly, this thermos keeps the temperature of hot or cold liquids.

One can well understand why some would regard this to be the best thermos they've encountered. I would.

Like many "classics" that endure, the outside of this product would be recognizable to your grandparents (or great-grandparents). Yet they would marvel at the improvements.

I do, too. You may well, also.


TRESemme Expert Selection Weightless Silicone-Free Shampoo, Perfectly (un)Done 25 oz
TRESemme Expert Selection Weightless Silicone-Free Shampoo, Perfectly (un)Done 25 oz
Offered by iNetGiant
Price: $7.99
28 used & new from $2.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Practical Shampoo Choice, July 22, 2015
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Always on the lookout for effective, healthful products, I was intrigued by the description of this shampoo. It's from Unilever, a company striving for excellence in sustainability. I did not know, until I received the product, that TRESemme is intended primarily for women. No matter; not certain that makes any difference other than for marketing.

'Perfectly (un)Done' is a fine product. It lathers well, imparting a "clean" feeling as one massages it into the hair and scalp. My hair is fine and in some places thinning. This shampoo did a fine job by any measure.

This product is not only effective, it's also well-priced. I'll be on the lookout for TREsemme hair products from now on.


Express Lane Cooking: 80 Quick-Shop Meals Using 5 Ingredients
Express Lane Cooking: 80 Quick-Shop Meals Using 5 Ingredients
by Shawn Syphus
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.30
76 used & new from $3.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for the Budding Chef in All of Us, July 20, 2015
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Cooking is a creative art.

To be sure, this is sometimes obscured by our reliance on recipes... this many teaspoons, that many ounces of this, this many cups of that... it all seems rather mechanical.... yet, when one gets to a certain level, one can deconstruct dishes one likes, and one can improvise from one's own tastes.

'Express Lane Cooking' interested me as a concept, because the attempt to create dishes from merely 5 ingredients would call upon the author's creativity. So, too, it could enhance my own creativity and confidence in the kitchen, exposing various dishes as their most essential level.

The book does not disappoint. The dishes are varied, and they're interesting. They are, for the most part, on the healthful side (unlike those steam cooker "easy cooking" books, for example, that seem to simply add varying ingredients to canned mushroom soup).

With just a little imagination, one can customize these dishes, coming up with one's preferred tastes through trial-and-error.

In all, this is a gem of a recipe book. I highly recommend it.

PS--my review copy arrived severely damaged in transit. Amazon sent it in a simple padded manila envelope, which was not strong enough to protect a book of this size and weight. Hopefully they won't be sending other copies of the book in that way.


George Foreman GFO200S Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver
George Foreman GFO200S Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver
Price: $88.99
41 used & new from $67.34

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Carefully Define Your Needs in Evaluating This Grill, July 18, 2015
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I've had good experience with the George Foreman line of cookers. For years I've found value in a portable George Foreman Super Champ model.

Thus it was with high hopes that I received this indoor/outdoor electric grill. It's a good product, to be sure, though one might want to consider carefully its stronger and weaker aspects.

PROS--the product performs as intended, with good heating and cooking functions. It's easy to assemble. It's easy to move the cooker on and off of the base, from outside use to kitchen use. The unit is easy to clean. It's light. It's also well-designed, making a good appearance.

CONS--if the product looks good, and operates well, it must be acknowledged that it strikes one as being a bit flimsy. The legs, for example, attach easily, but they're of a rather soft plastic. One wonders how much normal wear-and-tear they will be able to withstand. The sliding drawer for collecting grease droppings fits well and is designed for dishwashers. And yet, the drawer is made of a plastic that appears vulnerable to breakage or being bent so as to no longer slide easily or seal off grease. The metal cover sits well on the grill and has a strong, practical look. On the other hand, the unit does not match many others' offerings which enable one to hang the cover on the grill when it's not in use. This is, in one sense, a small thing. Nonetheless, as a practical matter, it's problematic. The cover picks up grease and heat while in use, and one cannot simply lay it down anywhere.

The pros and cons are each pretty strong. Taken together, they may reflect a tension in the purpose and design of the product.

In theory, this unit can be used indoors and outdoors. However, it's too large to fit in most kitchens on a regular basis, and it emits particulates, requiring ventilation. What's more, it is intended for indoor storage, so it requires significant closet space as well.

It's a good size for outdoor use, but its less than sturdy construction gives one pause.

In sum, this product is a bit betwixt-and-between. It's difficult to see why most people would not be served better by a smaller unit for use in their kitchens. And it's difficult to see why someone would select this product over other, more durable alternatives for outdoor use.

If you're in the market for an indoor/outdoor electric grill, this unit will do what it says. Basically, one will get what one pays for with this product. If your needs are short-term, such as for use on summer vacation, it may well suit you well. If you're looking for something for ongoing use, indoors and out, you may want to do some careful comparisons with competing offerings.
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Dove Men+Care Control Gel, 7 oz
Dove Men+Care Control Gel, 7 oz
Price: $5.98
11 used & new from $5.98

5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Product That Works As Advertised, July 10, 2015
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Dove Men+Care Styling Gel is a good product.

I have tested the version that is "Define & Strong Hold." It works well in holding hair in place; it's not overly visible as a gel (though this of course can be adjusted, depending on how much is applied, where it is applied, and when it's applied, e.g. while hair is wet or dry); it's got an agreeable scent.

As good as this product is, reviewing it makes me aware that whether any specific individual likes it is, to a great extent, a very personal decision. The texture of one's own hair, one's personal preferences are pretty decisive.

With that caveat, I would commend this product for your consideration. It's high-quality, it works as advertised, and the price point is not unreasonable, if a bit on the high side.


Leading the Way Up Mt. Olympus: How Acts of Leadership Help People Become Successful
Leading the Way Up Mt. Olympus: How Acts of Leadership Help People Become Successful
by Dr. Steve Broe
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.64
13 used & new from $14.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Create Your Own Rhapsody of Success and Leadership With a Master Teacher, July 10, 2015
If you don't know Dr. Steve Broe, you should!!

Amid the plethora of options on the groaning shelf of works of leadership development, Steve Broe stands out. He has a notable capacity to enhance performance, transforming timeless leadership principles into down-to-earth, actionable goals.

His new book, 'Leading the Way Up Mt. Olympus,' exemplifies this strength.

The book is brief--under 150 pages. It's wel-organized. The chapters follow one from another in a natural progression. So, too, each chapter is divided into bite-sized bits that busy readers can take in.

This book focuses on the "rhapsody" of success and leadership. The two are distinguishable but not separable. Both end up, ultimately, moving into spiritual questions: How does one best create value? How can one fulfill oneself by serving others? How can one best influence others for the good? What difference will the efforts of one's life and work make for others?

If you're thinking about these issues--and if you're serious about advancing them in your own life and work, Dr. Steve Broe has created a resource to which you can turn for information, inspiration and constant improvement.


Dove Men+Care Sculpting Paste, 1.75 oz
Dove Men+Care Sculpting Paste, 1.75 oz
Price: $5.98
8 used & new from $5.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Performance.... at a Disappointing Price Point, July 10, 2015
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The box for Dove Men+Care Styling Paste suggests why men might use the product: "Baseball caps. Windy days. Afternoon naps."

As a frequent wearer of hats, I'm interested in avoiding the annoying distraction of "hat hair." A good styling paste can definitely help with that and other aspects of active living and working.

This product works well. It delivers "non-gloss matte texture and definition." It's efficient in that it only takes the smallest amount to help hold hair unobtrusively.

As with some other reviewers, my endorsement of the product's performance is tempered by disappointment in the very high price point. It is, frankly, so much more expensive than credible alternatives that it's difficult for this consumer to justify its purchase. I'll likely look to Axe and Suave and other possibilities for the time being... if the price of this Dove product falls more into line, it's a good choice for sure....


UnicornTech HD-05 CD Slot Cell Phone Holder On Car[No View-blocking+No Slipping off+No Cold Air Blowing Straight] Universal 360 Flexible Adjustable CD Slot Cell Phone Smart Phone Mobile Phone Mount Holder Cradle Bracket Clamp Universal for Car Auto Vehicle Wide for iPhone 6 Plus 6 5S 5C 5 4S 4 Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note 4 3 Nexus 5 S HTC One X S Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx Nokia Lumia 920 BlackBerry Z10 Torch LG Optimus G and GPS Devices
UnicornTech HD-05 CD Slot Cell Phone Holder On Car[No View-blocking+No Slipping off+No Cold Air Blowing Straight] Universal 360 Flexible Adjustable CD Slot Cell Phone Smart Phone Mobile Phone Mount Holder Cradle Bracket Clamp Universal for Car Auto Vehicle Wide for iPhone 6 Plus 6 5S 5C 5 4S 4 Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note 4 3 Nexus 5 S HTC One X S Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx Nokia Lumia 920 BlackBerry Z10 Torch LG Optimus G and GPS Devices
Offered by UnicornTech
Price: $12.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Device to Hold Your Cell Phone Through Your Auto CD Player Slot, July 10, 2015
With so many technologies in our lives, and so much innovation underway, each of us is constantly searching for ways to accommodate them all.....This is noticeably true in our automobiles. Some late model vehicles seamlessly integrate devices through bluetooth, or have independent capacity to access Internet resources.

My uses may be like many others. My car is older--a 1998 Toyota RAV4--with a CD player and a cassette player. I use a wiring system to play music from my iPhone through the cassette player. That works well, though the iPhone is rather precariously perched on the cup holder.

Now comes the UnicornTech Slot Cell Phone Holder. It's designed to be held in the CD player slot. Importantly, it can be plugged in while a CD is being played. This might be helpful if you're simply using your phone for...phone calls or texts or emails.

It's a good fit for purpose that adds value for my driving experience.

I would alert purchasers that my device, received in a request for an objective review from the manufacturer, did not come with instructions. For a moment I was concerned. But a quick glance at the picture makes clear just how it's to be installed. And it could not be easier.

The device appears to be pretty stable. It holds an iPhone quite well.

In sum, this is a good product. To be sure, it's a transitional device; the need for a device that would use a CD player to hold an iPhone will presumably decline over time. That said, it's fit for task and can add value for many people with these needs.


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